Chettle is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1732

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CHETTLE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Wimborne and Cranborne, hundred of Moncktonup-Wimborne, Wimborne division of Dorset, 6 miles (N. E.) from Blandford; containing 122 inhabitants. It is situated within a mile of the road from Exeter to London, through Blandford and Salisbury, and comprises 1113a. 3r. 25p., with a level surface and chalky soil. A stately mansion, in the style of Sir John Vanbrugh, and probably the old manor-house, is in tolerable preservation. The manor and whole parish, with the mansion, and also the advowson of the church, were sold in 1846 to Edward Castleman, Esq., for £24,400. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £8. 2. 9.: the tithes have been commuted for £180, and the glebe contains about 21 acres. The church is partly in the early and partly in the later English style, and has a very ancient and handsomely carved pulpit. There is a large tumulus or barrow, which, from its extent, is called the “Giant’s grave.”

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Chettle, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Chettle, 1732-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chettle (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1767-1840 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chettle (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Chettle, 1538-1931 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chettle (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Wimborne
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Pimperne
  • Poor Law Union: Wimborne and Cranborne
  • Hundred: Monkton up Wimborne
  • Province: Canterbury

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